Friday, October 9, 2009

Pfaltzgraff Folk Art

Hello Prim Friends!
I hope everyone in blogland is doing well! It’s been a while since my last post. So sorry! It’s been crazy busy around here at Primcats House and I just haven’t had time to get back to compose this post. (I’ll warn you now… this post is going to long and picture heavy… but it’s worth it!) I’ve wanted to… 100 times but something always kept pulling me away from the computer.  I finally have a some time today and trust me I have been dying to share with you my newest collection! I’ll warn you now… this post is going to long and picture heavy… but it’s worth it!
Folk Art
As I said in a few posts ago I managed to find two sets of Folk Art on my local craigslist and they were such a good deal that I couldn’t pass them up. I’d been saving up for a new couch… but it looks like I’m headed back to the bank on that one. Ha! I just HAD to have these dishes!
This first pic is the picture from CL that I bought the first set off of… 130+ pieces. This set was really nice and the lady I bought it from was awesome fun! I really liked her. We drove 3.5 hours round trip to Dayton to pick it up. She had been collecting for years and years and all of her pieces had come from her local Goodwill stores. (Except for 3 that her husband bought her new.) To me… that makes the set all the more special because as you know I am a thrifter at heart and there isn’t much I appreciate more than the thrill of the hunt!
This is what was included in set#1:
(All are the Old Castle marking)
4 Piece Canister set
Set of 3 Mixing Bowls
1 Water Pitcher
1 Cookie Jar
1 Bean Pot with Ladle
1 Light (no shade)
1 Casserole dish with lid
1 Butter dish (bowl)
9 Plates
3 Grill / Picnic Plates
1 Treat canister
2 different cream Pitchers 
1 Napkin holder
1 set of salt & pepper
1 Metal Dutch oven (worn and very old)
18 glass's
1 Large platter
1 smaller platter
1 Gravy bowl and stand
4 cereal bowls
1 set of measuring cups
2 serving bowls
1 crock bowl
10 salad plates
13 saucers
6 place mate
9 linins
1 hot plate
3 mug coffee cups
4 LG coffee cups
16 standard coffee cups
plus misc pieces

Here are just a few pics of some of the larger pieces that came out of this set laid out on the dining room table.
That set was great… but unfortunately there weren’t enough core pieces like plates and bowls to both use and display and I was determined to actually USE these dishes everyday if I got them. So I needed to get that second set! After haggling for a few weeks… the other lady finally gave them up to me at the price I was willing to pay.
This is what was included in set#2
(99% are the Old Castle marking)
1 Batter Bowl
1 Cookie Jar
1 Utensil Crock
1 Large Mixing Bowl
2 Medium Mixing Bowls
1 3QT Serving Bowl Plain
1 Canister with sealed lid
1 3QT canister
1 Bean Pot
1 16" Platter
2 3 QT Serving Bowls
1 Loaf Pan
1 Salt and Pepper shakers
2 Gravy Pitchers
6 Dinner Plates
1 9 1/2" Oval Baker
1 Egg Plate
1 Butter Dish
1 14" Platter
7 Soup Mugs
1 Cream and Sugar Set
5 Pedestal Mugs
2 Pasta Bowls
3 Corn Dishes
1 Spoon Rest
8 Cups and Saucers
6 Small Plates
1 7" Oval Baker
2 8 1/2" Vegetable Bowls
9 Cereal Bowls

A picture of some of the pieces from the second set laid out on the garage floor waiting to head to the sink for washing… there were more already in the house being washed…
A pic of some pieces on the dining room table…

Some more pieces set out in temporary home’s in the dining room.
On display in the china cabinet…  0909090111  0909090118
Basket o’ cups… because I have WAY to many!!!
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(Please ignore the green walls… they are going to be painted as soon as I find the time and the right color.)
So there you have it… my new collection of Folk Art. I hope you enjoyed! I’m sure you will be seeing more of it as I get the buffet and corner cabinet refinished so that I have more room for displaying them!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Lots of great giveaways in blogland!


Hi Friends,

Check out all the great giveaways going on in blogland right now. Head on over to the website’s listed below to enter to win!

(Don’t worry… you have a pretty good chance! I never win anything! )

Have a great day!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy Fall !

Happy Autumn to all my wonderful friends in blogland!




Sorry this isn’t my pottery yet… I haven’t had time to finish composing that post yet but I had to wish everyone a Happy Fall!


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Pfaltzgraff Stoneware & Pottery

As we all have experienced our homes evolve and change over time and Primcats House is no exception. I am always tweaking things and changing up the decor. Sometimes I don’t even realize how much I tweak because I do it everyday without much thought to it. A little move here, a knick-knack there, I rarely even think about it. Lately though I have had a lot of conscious changes taking place.
Folk Art
A few weeks ago, as I admired every ones beautiful Pfaltzgraff Folk Art collections I really fell in love with the look and I decided it was time for a change in my own dishes and serving pieces. I have always been a HUGE Pfaltzgraff Collector and admire the pottery’s quality greatly. My Pfaltzgraff collections include Naturewood, Grapevine, Merlot, and in the past Tea Rose. Naturewood as the “good” china, Merlot as the everyday wear and tear, and Grapevine when we feel like it.
Naturewood is by far the largest collection in this house though. We have collected Naturewood for the past 10 years, it was our choice of china for our wedding registry. The collection is large and extensive and has influenced the decor of the dining room for years. I love our Naturewood… but as I said in the beginning of this post our home has evolved and it’s time to move with that evolution.
Moss Rose For a very long time a beautiful collection of Moss Rose China has graced the Kitchen Hutch. I used to be huge into Shabby Chic and Teacups. And even though my style has changed… the Moss Rose stayed and outlived all the other changes. When I ran across that Folk Art Pitcher and Bowl at the Thrift Store… I knew it was time to say good bye to my fine china.
I decided to pack up the Moss Rose to make room to move in the Naturewood collection so I could have the dining room Hutch for Folk Art. (Mind you at this point I only had one piece of Folk Art… but I had a plan!) Bye bye to the pretty Moss Rose!

Now it was time to move the Naturewood from the Dining room to the kitchen hutch. It was here in the Dining room…
(Note the green walls inspired by the Naturewood! Pretty before… not so matchy now!)
And I moved it to here…

Now… back to the point of these two major changes!
Folk Art!
I had looked on Craigslist and by sheer chance guess what I found?!?! Two… count them… two… complete sets. The first a 138 piece set and the second a 76 piece set. I made an offer for both. The first lady called me within five minutes and we worked out a deal! After a 3.5 hour round trip drive with hubby in tow, we picked it up the next day. Woot! I was on my way! The second lady really tried to stick it to me (I can’t blame her!)… but I held firm to my original offer throughout 10 emails and almost 2 weeks and in the end it worked out for me. She finally gave it up at the price I was willing to pay. So I am now the proud owner of a phenomenally beautiful collection of Folk Art Pottery! And the best part… I have enough for both display and we are using it as our everyday dishes too! I love it!
So kind friends and fellow Folk Art lovers… let me leave you with the promise that the next post I share will be of my Folk Art so make sure you come back soon!
Until we meet again…

Thursday, September 17, 2009

It’s a giveaway…


Not my giveaway… I’m not ready yet… but worth getting in on!

Just look at this beautiful Bowl and Pin Rack being given away by Firecracker Kid !

Firecracker Kid

Head on over to Firecracker Kid’s blog and leave a comment to enter!



Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What is it?



I found this piece a few years ago at the Goodwill. I’m pretty sure I only paid $2.00 for it I really like the thing… but I have no idea what it really is. It stands a little over a foot tall.


Is it something specific? Or just a box built with no purpose?


Do you know?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Primcats…

As I was messing with my blog layout last week I realized that this is Primcats house and I have failed to formally introduce any of our Primcats. For shame for shame. It’s way past time! The kitties would have my head if they knew I had spent more time talking home decor’ than talking cats!!

Today I added Poofie’s picture as the official “temporary” Primcats House mascot. I say temporary because I’ll probably change the picture form time to time as not to leave anyone out.

Without further ado… here she is!

Meet Miss Poofie.


Also known as Poof-a-rella and bad, bad kitteh. She’s a beautiful chinchilla coated dilute tortoiseshell. Poofie is part of a litter of 6 tort’s that came to live here at Primcats House as foster kitties. All our cats are of course rescues who landed in the lap of feline luxury!

The Poof is one of a whole litter of tortoiseshells. 2 of that litter are dilutes of grey, cream and peach in color. The other 4 sisters are full black, red (orange), and cream (white).  Tri colors (Torties and Calicos) are (almost) always female.

Any way… don’t let me get sidetracked on genetics…

Poofie in the cat enclosure.

Poofie came to us with her sisters and her mother as fosters that we took in from our local Humane Society during Hurricane Katrina. They had cages upon cages of animals stacked high that had been brought up here and they were desperately in need of foster homes for the animals at the shelter already. I got the call and even though we already had 7 permanent rescued babies and had long ago stopped fostering for them… I couldn’t say no. Not at a time like that. I said yes I would foster… and I went and picked them and their mother up. They were 3 weeks old.

Baby Poofie

Long, long story short… er… shorter… when the kittens were weaned I returned mama cat Sheba for adoption… and that was the day I knew my heart could not let the kittens go. My heart ached for Sheba (even though she was going to her forever home after spaying) and I cried and cried and I knew…  the kittens had already found their forever home and would not be returning to the Shelter.

Poofie is one of the lucky cats that get to call Primcats House home.  Along with her littermates Ebby, Gizzy, Punky, Chen and of course… Katrina… in honor of the reason they are here with us.  The kittens are known as the mini’s around here… and the others the biggies. They are Fefe’ Le’ Purr, Baby Bear, Dottie, Phat Boy, Smokey, Rascal, Tracy and Pierre. Tracy isn’t really a biggie… she is a story all in herself… and we will get to that. Eventually you will get to “meet” everyone, all 14 of our babies… but for now…

Miss Poofie

~~Pretty Poofie~~

Until we meet again…

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Whatcha’ Workin’ on Wednesday?


Hello Prim Friends!

I totally missed last weeks WWOW! Darn! So I wanted to show ya real quick what I’ve been working on!

Remember before…

Buffet Before

Now… 4 coats of flat black paint…

Buffet During

It’s coming along. I’m trying to decide how I want to finish it. It think I’m going to put a finish sanding on it to smooth it out… then either

a) Stain it with Dark Walnut

b) Seal it with wax

c) Top coat it with clear polyurethane.

I’m leaning towards A but I’ve never stained such a large painted piece that wasn’t distressed and I’m a little scared! lol!

Thoughts? Suggestions? 

Also… here’s a peek at the new coffee table I also painted. I’m going to distress this piece and stain it with walnut. I think I’ll start on this piece to get a feel for what the staining will look like and then maybe I can make a decision about the buffet finish.



Until we meet again… have a primtastic day!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Seraph, thrifting and progress…

Hello Friends!

Hope the week is going well for you so far!

Last weekend was a super busy weekend around here!

Saturday my friend Tammy and I went shopping. She met me at my house, we had coffee, planned our trip and even drew a “map” if you want to call it that to get the best route for our time! We planned out a whole day to shop 4 different Goodwills, 2 Ohio Thrift Stores and one Village Discount Thrift in our area. We had a blast!!! And we found some amazing finds along the way! I think we are going to start doing that at least once a month. What is better than good friends mixed with good finds? Not much! It was a lot of fun!

I also took her for the first time ever to The Seraph. She drooled! =) Have you ever been to The Seraph? If not and you are ever in the area… take the time to stop there! It’s amazing! I would take everything in that store in a heart beat! Even though most all the seating furniture sold there is uncomfortable and impractical… it’s still beautiful and I love spending time in there wishing I would win the lottery so I could buy everything they have. LOL!


Sunday was spent working on the buffet from last weeks Whatcha’ Workin’ on Wednesday. I’m kind of a lucky lady because hubby has a large shop out back where he works on cars and in that shop is a huge air compressor and lots of fun air tools. Big tools that make sanding relatively easy. Don’t get me wrong… it’s still a lot of work and I ached yesterday like I had run a marathon or something… but it would have been a lot harder if I had to have sanded it all by hand.

Hubby and I really went at it. It’s 99.5% done. We sanded it down fully to the bare wood and as I went through the coats of paint I made it down to he original stain and realized that in the beginning this piece was stained a beautiful barn red. What a shame that someone destroyed it with a globbed on drippy, messy paint job of red and grey. I would have been lucky to own this piece originally… I hope I can do it right as it’s current owner though. Only a few minor details need done and then I can start the repainting process. I’m going with black… to compliment my newly developing colonial prim dining room. Will for sure compliment my new Pfaltzgraff Folk Art obsession.

Mr. Primcat and I also worked on another large piece of furniture. A coffee table that I picked up Saturday while Tammie and I were shopping. It was only $30.00 and I couldn’t pass it up. It spoke to me! It’s big and chunky with fat turned legs. It’s been years since we had a coffee table… so I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks in there! I imagine it will just become a cat lounging area that I can’t even set anything on… but alas… I’m going to try it!

Hope to get some pics up tomorrow of the naked buffet and coffee table for WWW. And if I’m lucky and can find 5 minutes of free time I’ll get some Thrift Store Thursday pics posted. You can bet I have a boat load of great finds to share!



Friday, August 28, 2009

Fabulous Finds Friday...

Since I'm such a thrifer I'm had to add an extra finds day!

Another great Goodwill find that is waiting for a home.

This Tin Lamp chandelier was only $5.00!!

I have big plans for this. When I someday get around to collecting all the pieces of furniture I need to rearrange my odd walled living room... I plan to hang this baby right above the game table! I'll Probably wire it with a working lamp inside but you won't really be able to see it because it will be up inside. Amazing deal!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thrift Store Thursday Part 2

I know you can't take any more.... but I have more!

This adorable little breadboard also doubles as a lazy susan. I intend to make it into the base of a shoofly gathering I'm working on! It will look adorable with the screen on top and some pantry cakes inside. It was only $3.00

$ 3.00 A cute little shaker box! This will be changing colors and I might even make a little stool out of it. There is a picture of one exactly like it in the Rolling Acres Craft show pics! It's red with legs. Go see if you can spot it! It's adorable.

I love this little spinner. It was $3.00 and the old blue masons were $1.00 each. I keep going back and forth... should I paint it should I not. I can't decide... so there it sits. I think I'll bring it out this week to the kitchen table and fill some jars with some kitchen goodies. See if it speaks to me.

A HUGE cranberry scoop! 4.00 Love it! If I don't keep this... my mom will be all over it for her shop! It's really BIG!
A set of curtains. 1.99x4 Two long side panels and two valances! I think these might look good tea stained in the dining room with my new Pfaltzgraff Folk Art collection. :o)
A cute little Autumn wreath. $2.00 Needs some serious straightening... but it's headed to the front door for fall!
The cutest little Primitive Bird in a gourd you have ever seen! $ .50

$1.00 ea These are for Christmas. I love homespum christmas stuff!
Ooooooo! This one is GOOD! $3.00 It Says Mahon Pottery. I don't think it's worth anything... but I sure do love it! It found a home in the entry way already.

Two cute little gingerbread thingies. 1.00 each Probably turn these in christmas somethings.
$2.00 This is a gift for my Step mom. She collects this pottery so I nabbed this for her.
A great little compote. $3.00 Definetly gonna prim this one up in black. It's big and bold and will look adorable with seasonal ornies and tucks in it.

$.50 each Just some cute little tin stars!

Ok friends... that's all from last week! I already have a new pile from this week so keep an eye out next week for my fun finds!

Until next time... Carmen